Monterey County Farm Bureau leader honored for distinguished service
December 9, 2013
Described as a man of integrity, honor, sincerity and a sense of duty, Monterey County agricultural leader Benny Jefferson has been presented with the Distinguished Service Award from the California Farm Bureau Federation. Jefferson received the award today at the CFBF Annual Meeting in Monterey.
A past president of the Monterey County Farm Bureau, Jefferson also served from 2004 to 2010 on the CFBF Board of Directors, representing Monterey, San Benito and San Luis Obispo counties, and has been a leader in a number of other local and regional organizations.
“No one has given more of himself to agriculture in Monterey County and the Central Coast than Benny Jefferson,” CFBF President Paul Wenger said, “and no one has spread more goodwill. He’s well-known for his hearty laugh and sense of humor—but he also takes seriously the need to make sure that farming in California remains sustainable for generations to come, and is always willing to do his part to make sure that happens.”
A fifth-generation farmer, Jefferson grows vegetables and field crops in the Salinas Valley. Along with his longtime service to Farm Bureau, he has served as president of the California Rodeo Association, the Salinas River Channel Coalition and the Resource Conservation District of Monterey County, and on the boards of Monterey County Ag Education and the California Artichoke Advisory Board, among others.
“Benny’s involvement in many agricultural and community organizations is a testament to his strong commitment to his industry and Monterey County,” county Farm Bureau President Jeff Pereira wrote in nominating Jefferson for the award. “Benny has always held great pride in generously contributing his time and resources to many organizations and events.”
Jefferson was one of two Farm Bureau leaders presented with the Distinguished Service Award, along with Shasta County Farm Bureau volunteer Claris Myers.
The California Farm Bureau Federation works to protect family farms and ranches on behalf of nearly 78,000 members statewide and as part of a nationwide network of more than 6.2 million Farm Bureau members.
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